Essay on The Impact of Social Networking: A Look at the MRT Breakdown

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Last month passengers aboard an MRT train in Singapore, between City Hall and Dhoby Ghaut stations, experienced a tragic breakdown that left the city-state in an instant panic. Once the lights went out, the train doors were shut tightly and many people were left huddled together, standing for hours. With service down and so little ventilation, passengers began to have trouble breathing. The MRT train; upon which so many young and old Singaporeans depend, had actually shut down. In this moment of desperation, a passenger reached for the fire extinguisher as a mean to smash open the glass panel of the train door; while other passengers tried to force the doors open in an attempt to get out. The article sparked my interest, MRT …show more content…
Consider the upheaval associated with the Arab Springs in Tunisia. The Revolution relied heavenly on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook as a means to accelerate social protests. Social media became a commonly used tool for greater freedom, blindsiding those who failed to interact with it. Allowing the censorship of social media would be surrendering all Singaporean knowledge and freedom to the government, inadvertently, permitting government officials to prioritize and fix what they deem “of high importance” at their convenience. Due to the lack of the government’s urgency in reporting catastrophes, a monitored Facebook and Twitter would leave the public unaware of important crises and therefore unable to help, further hindering community building and cohesion as a nation-state. Governmental platforms concerning social networks will also eliminate the institution of social justice. Social justice is a principle based on equality and solidarity, one that values human rights. In an article, Web Censoring Widens Across Southeast Asia, Thailand’s government spokesperson discusses that the country is moving toward establishing computer-crime laws; which will be helpful in addressing “national security” issues. The question I propose is when will the thin line be crossed that differentiates “national security” from freedom rights? With government officials having a hand on Twitter affairs,

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